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US MNT Set to Face Brazil at New Meadowlands Stadium


WELCOME HOME: After capturing the imagination of millions of fans across the nation with their dramatic run in the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa in June, the U.S. team gets a welcome back party at one of the gleaming new stadiums in the United States. Fifteen players from the squad that led the U.S. to a first place finish in group play at the FIFA World Cup for the first time in 80 years will be on hand in front of a near sellout crowd at the New Meadowlands Stadium, where they will face five-time FIFA World Cup champions Brazil. Kickoff on Tuesday, Aug. 10, is set for 8 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN2, Univision and ESPN Deportes Radio. Fans can also follow the match live online via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and twitter.com/ussoccer.

QUICK HITS

  • The U.S. will be playing its first match at the New Meadowlands Stadium. With seating for soccer set at 75,000, the new venue is one of 18 included in the USA’s bid to host the FIFA World Cup in 2018 or 2022. 
  • Fifteen players on the U.S. roster were part of 23-man group at the 2010 FIFA World Cup. 
  • Twelve of the 15 players saw action in South Africa. Ten got at least one start and five players played every minute: Carlos Bocanegra, Michael Bradley, Steve Cherundolo, Landon Donovan and Tim Howard. 
  • Donovan became the USA’s all-time leader in World Cup appearances (12), and is the only U.S. player to score in three consecutive World Cup matches. 
  • His goal and the subsequent 1-0 victory against Algeria earned the team the award for ‘Best Moment’ at the 2010 ESPYs. 
  • Tim Howard earned a shutout in that match, the USA’s first in the World Cup since the team's historic 2-0 victory against Mexico in the Round of 16 of the 2002 FIFA World Cup in Korea Republic. The shutout was also just the second for the United States in 22 FIFA World Cup matches dating back to 1950. 
  • Howard earned Budweiser Man of the Match honors for his six-save performance in a 1-1 draw against England to open Group C play. 
  • Bradley’s game-tying goal in the 83rd minute against Slovenia was his first in a FIFA World Cup and the eighth of his international career, and helped earn the point the U.S. needed to avoid elimination that day. 
  • With his start on June 12 against England, Robbie Findley became the first U.S. player to start a World Cup game for the U.S. after not participating in the qualifying cycle since Pablo Mastroeni started against Portugal to open the 2002 FIFA World Cup. Herculez Gomez joined that club when he started against Algeria. 
  • Eight players on the U.S. roster appeared in the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup final against Brazil, including six starters. Donovan’s spectacular goal put the U.S. up 2-0 in the first half, only to see the Brazilians come roaring back to capture a 3-2 win. The U.S. players on the field that day (starters in bold): Howard, Jonathan Spector, Bocanegra, Donovan, Benny Feilhaber, Bornstein, Altidore, Sacha Kljestan. Read the ussoccer.com review of the dramatic final. 
  • Buddle became the most recent debutante on a U.S. scoresheet, netting a pair in the USA’s 3-1 win against Australia on June 5 in Roodepoort. He is the first player to score his first two goals in the same game since Kljestan posted a hat trick on Jan. 20, 2008, in a friendly against Sweden. 
  • Twelve players on the roster have scored at least one international goal, and nine have scored in 2010: Altidore, Bocanegra, Bradley, Buddle (2), Donovan (3), Maurice Edu, Herculez Gomez (2), Clarence Goodson, Kljestan. 
  • With the goal on May 29 against Turkey, the final Send-Off match in the U.S. before the team left for South Africa, Altidore increased his career total to nine goals. Remarkably, five of those goals have been assisted by Donovan. 
  • Donovan leads the all-time U.S. list in goals scored (45), and assists (45). 
  • With their goals on May 25 against Czech Republic, Edu and Gomez became the first pair of U.S. players to get their first goal in the same game since Stuart Holden and Robbie Rogers tallied in the 4-0 win against Grenada to open the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup. 
  • Four of the six defenders on the roster have at least one goal for the national team: Bocanegra, Bornstein, Cherundolo, and Goodson. Three of those tallied in 2009, and all of them memorable. Bocanegra’s game-winning header against Honduras in Chicago; Goodson performing the same feat six weeks later against the same team in the same stadium in the Gold Cup; and Bornstein capping off qualifying with a last-second header against Costa Rica. 
  • With his goal against the Netherlands on March 3 in Amsterdam, Bocanegra upped his career tally to 12, just one shy of the mark set by Marcelo Balboa for U.S. defenders. 
  • Aston Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan has recorded five shutouts in 14 appearances for the U.S., including three clean sheets in five World Cup qualifiers. Overall he has posted a 7-4-1 record. 
  • Kljestan and Alejandro Bedoya were part of the 30-man provisional roster for the 2010 FIFA World Cup and participated in training camp in Princeton, N.J., prior to the team’s departure for South Africa. 
  • Omar Gonzalez is the only player on the U.S. roster in search of his first international cap. 
  • Altidore and Gonzalez were late additions to the roster, the duo replacing Jermaine Jones and Chad Marshall. 
  • The U.S. is 4-2-3 lifetime in the state of New Jersey, and 3-1-2 since 1990.

ROSTER BREAKDOWN
Average Age: 26.9
Average Caps: 34.2
Most Caps: 127 (Landon Donovan)
Fewest Caps: 0 (Omar Gonzalez)
Oldest: 31 (Steve Cherundolo)
Youngest: 20 (Jozy Altidore)

Play professionally in: USA (5), England (3), Germany (2), Belgium (1), Denmark (1), France (1), Mexico (1), Norway (1), Scotland (1), Spain (1), Sweden (1)

Hometown in: California (8), Florida (2), Illinois (2), Arizona (1), Nevada (1), New Jersey (1), New York (1), Texas (1), Virginia (1)

THREE MORE FROM THE U.S. WORLD CUP FACT FILE:

  • Cherundolo and Donovan have now been a part of three World Cup rosters; Bocanegra and Howard two apiece. 
  • The win against Algeria marked the first point and win for the U.S. in the third group game at the World Cup in eight tries. 
  • The 1-0-2 record also represents the first time the United States has gone unbeaten in group play during a World Cup.

NEW NIKE BALL TO DEBUT: The new Nike Total 90 Tracer ball, designed for unrivalled consistency, accuracy, touch and visual acuity, will make its U.S. Men’s National Team debut against Brazil on Tuesday night at the New Meadowlands Stadium. Developed in tandem with the world’s premier soccer players and teams, the ball was meticulously engineered down to every detail including the bladder’s tension, hand-sewn seams and surface texture. The result is a ball that delivers superior playing benefits for players at every level. The Total 90 Tracer will also debut in August in the world’s leading leagues including the English Premier League, Italy’s Serie A, and Spain’s La Liga. During an extensive two-year testing process, Nike worked closely with the leagues, with the national teams of Portugal and the United States, and in confederation matches throughout South America and Asia. The Nike design team spent 18 months testing the T90 Tracer Ball at the Nike Equipment Innovation Test Lab in Portland, Oregon. The result is the Total 90 Tracer, which delivers enhanced consistency, accuracy, touch and visual science. The Total 90 Tracer micro-textured casing regulates airflow equally across its entire surface, making it less prone to wobble and giving it a more direct, arrow-like flight. Rigorously tested at the University of British Columbia wind tunnels, the ball has less drag in flight than competitor balls and produces more precise and truer shots. Testing at the Nike Equipment Innovation Test Lab also found that the Total 90 Tracer is the most aerodynamically efficient ball in the marketplace, meaning players expend less energy kicking the ball.

CLUB NEWS: Steve Cherundolo, who has spent his entire professional career at Hannover in the German Bundesliga, was named team captain … Carlos Bocanegra transferred to St. Etienne during the summer window, and started at left back in the 3-1 loss at PSG to open the 2010-11 season … Sacha Kljestan moved to Belgian champions RSC Anderlecht, and has begun the season as a starter. He’s already snatched his first goal, helping his side to a 3-1 win in the Champions League qualifier on July 27 against the New Saints of Wales … Jonathan Bornstein has agreed to join Tigres of the Mexican Primera División beginning in January … Edson Buddle leads all scorers in Major League Soccer with 12 goals in 19 games.

SHARE YOUR WORLD CUP MEMORY: Landon Donovan’s goal against Algeria in the 2010 FIFA World Cup was one of the greatest moments in U.S. Soccer history and sparked dramatic reactions from fans across the United States that were captured via video in bars and living rooms across the country. How did you react? Where were you? The U.S. players want to know. In a video posted on ussoccer.com’s YouTube page, Donovan talks about what the goal meant to him and asks fans to reply with their own videos. Record your memories of the moment and share them with the players by replying to Donovan’s video on ussoccer.com’s YouTube page.

WELCOME TO THE HALL: The National Soccer Hall of Fame and U.S. Soccer will host the 2010 Induction Ceremony at the New Meadowlands Stadium on Tuesday, Aug. 10, prior to the USA-Brazil match. The 2010 Induction Class includes Thomas Dooley and Preki Radosavljevic in the Player category, Bruce Arena as a Builder, and Kyle Rote, Jr., as a Veteran. Current members of the Hall of Fame along with Colin Jose Media Award recipient Paul Gardner and Medal of Honor recipients have been invited to join the ceremony and will be acknowledged on the field prior to kickoff.

REMEMBERING THE TOUR: It’s hard to believe that it has been nearly three months since the U.S. convened to on May 15 in Princeton to begin preparations for the World Cup. Fans will recall the whirlwind events surrounding May 26, the date Bob Bradley announced the 23-man roster that would go on to draw the attention of the world. That memorable 24 hours began when the newly minted 2010 U.S. World Cup team traveled to the campus of ESPN for their official unveiling live on the daytime edition of SportsCenter, and then jetted to the airport for a charter flight to Washington, D.C. After a private team dinner at the Newseum, the group got geared up for an official visit to the White House. Greeted by President Barack Obama, Vice President Biden, and President Bill Clinton, the team took photos before being led on an impromptu tour of the West Wing that included a stroll through the Rose Garden, a look in the Oval Office, a gathering in the Roosevelt Room, and finally a sit-down in the office of the Vice President.

THE BOB BRADLEY FACTFILE: In the four year cycle culminating the in the 2010 FIFA World Cup, the United States:

  • Won its group at the FIFA World Cup for the first time since 1930 (that's 80 years ago), and for the first time ever in a four-team group. 
  • Earned the first point and win for the U.S. in the third group game at the World Cup in eight tries by defeating Algeria. 
  • Went unbeaten in group play during a World Cup for the first time ever, earning a 1-0-2 record. 
  • Produced the best finish ever at a FIFA tournament, finishing second at the FIFA Confederations Cup. 
  • Posted 1-1-1 record against No. 1-ranked teams, including a semifinal upset of Spain at the FIFA Confederations Cup, ending a 35 match unbeaten run for the Spaniards. 
  • Only one of two teams to beat Spain since November of 2006. 
  • Won the CONCACAF Gold Cup title in 2007 to qualify for the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup. 
  • Finished in first place in CONCACAF qualifying, collecting the most road wins of any team in the region during the campaign while going unbeaten at home in nine matches. 
  • Scored the most goals (42) of any team in the world in 2010 World Cup qualifying. 
  • Posted the team’s best scoring and defending marks in a year with more than 10 games, scoring a record 2.14 goals per 90 minutes while allowing just .57 goals per 90 minutes in 2008. 
  • Won three straight matches on the road for the first time in team history (Oct. 17, 2007 @ Switzerland, Nov. 17, 2007 @ South Africa and March 26, 2008 @ Poland). 
  • Played seven matches against four teams ranked in the top five in the world at the time they stepped on the field against them (Argentina, Brazil-3, Italy, Spain-2).

THE BRADLEY BREAKDOWN
Record
All-Time: 38-20-8
Qualifying: 13-3-2
Gold Cup: 10-1-1
Goals For: 120
Goals Against: 80
Shutouts: 25

Record vs. …
CONCACAF: 25-5-5, 74 GF, 33 GA
CONMEBOL: 1-6-1, 9 GF, 19 GA
UEFA: 7-8-2, 24 GF, 24 GA
AFC: 2-0-0, 7 GF, 2 GA
CAF: 3-1-0, 6 GF, 2 GA

Record when …
Leading at half: 21-3-2
Losing at half: 3-8-3
Tied at half: 13-9-3

By year …
2007: 12-5-1
2008: 9-3-2
2009: 13-8-3
2010: 4-4-2

FOLLOW US ON TWITTER: Keep up with all U.S. Men’s National Team news (in short form, of course) by following at www.twitter.com/ussoccer.

BE OFFICIAL WHEN YOU’RE WATCHING: What’s the next best thing to being at a game surrounded by your fellow screaming fans? Watching a game at an Official U.S. Soccer Bar surrounded by your fellow screaming fans! Bars across the U.S. are becoming the destination spots to gather and watch your U.S. teams in an atmosphere that is loud and rowdy. Head to the bars after work Tuesday night and watch the USA’s first game at the New Meadowlands Stadium! A full list of Official U.S. Soccer Bars is available at ussoccer.com.

U.S. SOCCER ON FACEBOOK: Stay connected with everything involving the national teams on the “Official U.S. Soccer Page” on Facebook. More than 315,000 fans are following the place where you can post videos, interact with other fans and follow the latest news from all U.S. Soccer teams. The Official U.S. Soccer Page on Facebook is the best place to keep with your favorite teams and make your voice heard in the U.S. Soccer community.

THE GAME IS IN US: Support for United States' bid to host the FIFA World Cup in 2018 or 2022 has picked up some serious steam since the launch of http://gousabid.com. Twelve other nations are bidding to host at least one of the tournaments and if we're going to win the honor of hosting the FIFA World Cupâ„¢, it'll be because of the overwhelming grassroots support of soccer fans who believe in our bid's official theme, The Game Is In US. Please take a moment to sign the petition to officially show your support for the US bid to bring the World Cupâ„¢ back to America.

IN FOCUS: BRAZIL
Confederação Brasileira de Futebol
Founded: 1914 (Joined FIFA in 1923)
Head Coach: Mano Menezes
Best FIFA World Cup Finish: Champions (1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, 2002)
Best FIFA Confederations Cup Finish: Champions (1997, 2005, 2009)
Caps Leader: Cafu (142)
Top Scorer: Pelé (77)
Key Players: Robinho, Dani Alves, Pato, Neymar

BRAZIL’S BOUNTY: Brazil’s reputation as the best team in the world is built on a long history of international success. Consider the following:

  • Brazil is the only country to play in all 18 World Cups
  • They have a lifetime record of 63-14-15, with 200 goals for and 86 goals against in World Cup play 
  • Five-time World Champions: 1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, 2002 
  • Eight-time Copa America Champions: 1919, 1922, 1949, 1989, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2007 
  • Three-time Confederations Cup Champions: 1997, 2005, 2009

YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS: Brazil’s youthful squad has 11 players in search of their first cap. But age and experience should not disguise an extremely talented group of players who are expected to be amongst the backbone of the squad in four years time. Three of those prospects are the Os Meninos da Vila (The Vila Kids): Andre, Ganso and Neymar. Andre has just completed a move to Dynamo Kiev, while EPL giants Chelsea tabled an offer of 17 million pounds for the scoring sensation Neymar. AC Milan striker Pato returns the fold, and head coach Mano Menezes has called on four veterans of the 2010 FIFA World Cup in Robinho, Barcelona’s Dani Alves, AC Milan’s Thiago Silva, and Ramires.

MEET MANO MENEZES: Born as Luiz Antonio Venker Menezes, the 48-year-old has been handed the reigns to guide Brazil as they build towards 2014 and hosting the FIFA World Cup. He has developed a reputation as winner through his coaching stints in the Brazilian leagues, guiding Gremio from promotion in 2005 to the final of the Copa Libertadores two years later. He then moved on to Corinthians charged with a similar task and once again rose to challenge, returning Corinthians to Brazil’s top flight the next season and going undefeated in 2009 in the Campeonato Paulista. Menezes has indicated he prefers the 4-2-3-1 formation, and for his first match in charge has selected a young squad with an average of just over 23 years old. “I have three main objectives to work on: the 2011 Copa America, the Olympics and the 2014 World Cup, which is obviously the big one as far as we’re concerned,” Menezes told fifa.com, before underlining the value of Brazil winning a football gold medal for the first time: “London 2012 is a very important target for us too though.”

U.S. HISTORY AGAINST BRAZIL: The U.S. Men's National Team has met Brazil 15 times in their history, going 1-14-0 in a series that dates to 1930. It was not until 1994 that the teams met in competitive play, with more than 84,000 spectators at Stanford Stadium witnessing Brazil defeat the U.S. 1-0 in the second round of the 1994 World Cup. The USA's only victory against Brazil came in memorable circumstances during the 1998 CONCACAF Gold Cup. Goalkeeper Kasey Keller turned in one of the great goalkeeping performances of his illustrious career, and a second half goal from Preki gave the U.S. an unlikely victory against the reigning world champions. The two nations also have a history in the Confederations Cup, having met twice before in tournaments past. In 1999 Brazil edged out a 1-0 win in the group stages in Guadalajara, Mexico, and four years later the two sides played out the same result at the Stade Gerland in Lyon, France. Since Bob Bradley took the U.S. helm in 2007, the U.S. is 0-3-0 against Brazil, including the dramatic 3-2 victory by the five-time World Champions in the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup final.

LAST TIME…

On the field for USA
June 26, 2010 – Royal Bafokeng Stadium – Rustenburg, South Africa – 2010 FIFA World Cup
USA        1   Landon Donovan 62
Ghana    2   Kevin Prince Boateng 5, Asamoah Gyan 93

USA: 1-Tim Howard; 2-Steve Cherundolo, 15-Jay DeMerit, 3-Carlos Bocanegra (capt.), 12-Jonathan Bornstein; 10-Landon Donovan, 4-Michael Bradley, 13 -Ricardo Clark (19-Maurice Edu, 31), 8-Clint Dempsey; 20-Robbie Findley (22-Benny Feilhaber, 46) 17-Jozy Altidore (9-Herculez Gomez, 91)
Subs not used: 18-Brad Guzan, 23-Marcus Hahnemann; 5-Oguchi Onyewu, 6-Jonathan Spector, 7-DaMarcus Beasley, 11-Stuart Holden, 14-Edson Buddle, 16-José Torres, 21-Clarence Goodson
Head Coach: Bob Bradley

GHA: 22-Richard Kingson; 2-Hans Sarpei (19-Lee Addy, 73) , 4-John Pantsil, 5-John Mensah (capt.), 7-Samuel Inkoom (11-Sulley Muntari, 113), 8-Jonathan Mensah; 6-Anthony Annan, 13-Andre Ayew, 21-Kwando Asamoah, 23-Kevin Prince Boateng (10-Stephen Appiah, 78); 3-Asamoah Gyan
Subs not used: 1-Daniel Agyei, 16-Stephen Ahorlu; 9-Derek Boateng, 12-Prince Tago, 14-Matthew Amoah, 17-Ibrahim Ayew, 18-Dominic Adiyiah, 20-Quincy Owusu-Abeyie
Subs not available: 15- Isaac Vorsah
Head Coach: Milovan Rajevac

On the field for Brazil
July 2, 2010 – Port Elizabeth Stadium – Nelson Mandela Bay/Port Elizabeth, South Africa – 2010 FIFA World Cup Quarterfinal
Netherlands  2   Wesley Sneijder 53, 68
Brazil            1   Robinho 10

NED: 1-Maarten Stekelenburg; 13-Andre Ooijer, 3-John Heitinga, 5-Giovanni Van Bronckhorst, 2-Gregory Van Der Wiel, 8-Nigel De Jong, 6-Mark Van Bommel, 9-Robin Van Persie (21-Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, 85), 10-Wesley Sneijder, 7-Dirk Kuyt, 11-Arjen Robben
Subs not used: 23-Rafael Van der Vaart, 22-Sander Boschker, 12-Khalid Boulahrouz, 16-Michel Vorm, 18-Stijn Schaars, 14-Demy De Zeeuw, 15-Edson Braafheid, 19-Ryan Babel, 17-Eljero Elia, 20-Ibrahim Afellay, 4-Joris Mathijsen Head Coach: Bert van Marwijk

BRA: Brazil 1-Júlio César, 4-Juan, 3-Lúcio, 6-Michel Bastos (16-Gilberto Melo, 62), 2-Maicon 5-Felipe Melo, 8-Gilberto Silva, 9-Luis Fabiano (21-Nilmar, 77),10-Kaká, 11-Robinho, 13-Dani Alves
Subs not used: 19-Júlio Baptista, 17-Josué, 7-Elano, 12-Gomes, 14-Luisão, 22-Doni, 23-Grafite, 20-Kléberson, 15-Thiago Silva
Head Coach: Dunga

vs. Brazil
June 28, 2010 – Ellis Park – Johannesburg, South Africa – 2010 FIFA Confederations Cup Final
USA      2   Clint Dempsey 10, Landon Donovan 27
Brazil   3   Luis Fabiano 46, 74; Lucio 84

USA: 1-Tim Howard; 12-Jonathan Spector, 5-Oguchi Onyewu, 15-Jay DeMerit, 3-Carlos Bocanegra (capt.); 10-Landon Donovan, 22-Benny Feilhaber (2-Jonathan Bornstein, 75), 13 -Ricardo Clark (4-Conor Casey, 88), 8-Clint Dempsey; 9-Charlie Davies, 17-Jozy Altidore (16-Sacha Kljestan, 75)
Subs not used: 6-Heath Pearce , 7-DaMarcus Beasley, 11-Marvell Wynne, 18-Brad Guzan, 19-Freddy Adu, 20-Jose Torres, 23-Luis Robles
Head Coach: Bob Bradley

BRA: 1- Júlio César; 2-Maicon, 3- Lúcio, 14-Luisao, 16-Andre Santos (13-Daniel Alves, 66); 18-Ramires (7-Elano, 67), 8-Gilberto Silva, 10- Kaká, 5-Felipe Melo; 9-Luis Fabiano, 11-Robinho
Subs not used: 6-Kleber, 12-Victor, 15-Miranda, 17-Josue, 19-Julio Baptista, 20-Kleberson, 21-Alexandre Pato, 22-Nilmar, 23-Gomes
Head Coach: Dunga

 

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